I wonder if being critical can become being mean-spirited. I thought I was on the borderline with my remark about Leslie Mann’s character in This is Forty. I called her character grating. Was that mean-spirited? (It might have unfair because I’ve only see the promos.) I don’t think so but her real life daughters are playing her daughters in the movie. Does that make her character a variation of her real self? My criticism was meant to be about her character, not her personally.
Also my comment about Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers #1 could have been a bit of a cheap shot. I didn’t mean it to be but it might have been one. I wrote that I had more fun typing “Menace from Mars” than I did reading the issue. (The second issue was a bit more fun to be fair.)
I do like Roger Ebert’s negative reviews and I enjoyed counting the number of times he used ‘hate” or “hated” in his review of North. I think he used “hate” or “hated” twelve times. Was that mean-spirited? I am not sure but he really hated that movie and I am sure he knew that people would notice how often he used the word “hated”.
People like Simon Cowell for his brutal honesty/cruelty towards contestants on his shows (first at American Idol and now at the X-Factor). I am not a fan but I’ve seen enough promos and his brutal honesty/cruelty seems to be what the network is selling.